Lesson Builder

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Introduction (Known in CLEW as Lessons 2.0)

Lessons 2.0 (Lesson Builder) is a tool which allows the instructor to combine content, assessments, and forums into meaningful modules. This can give students a road map for how to complete their coursework as well as to keep them on track. Use cases include:

Use the action buttons at the top of the page to add or reorder content.

Using Subpages to organize your modules or weeks onto one Lessons page for students is a good best practice for creators who intend to have multiple lessons for a course intended to be used in sequence

Generating Modules and Content

This video from Duke University, provides an introduction to using the Lessons 2.0 tool. Note: at the University of Windsor, some features may not be available or exactly as shown in the video. Additionally, the Add Quiz feature is not available. Getting started with the Lessons tool in Sakai

Add text or HTML content to a page

This function allows you to add a block of text to your page. You can also use it to add other web content, such as tables or links. However it is often more convenient to use Add Resources to add links to the page.

Add Text

Click Add Text at the top of the page to add text to the page. Enter your text in the rich text editor provided and click Save at the bottom of the page.

You can use text to introduce other pieces of content on the page, this can help orient the student.

If you have groups or sections in the site, a set of checkboxes will be shown under the rich text editor. This allows you to make this text visible only to some groups. Students who are not in one of the checked sections of groups will not see this item on their page at all.

Edit Text

If you want to edit a piece of text that you have already added to the page, click Edit to the left of the text item. When you are satisfied with your changes, click Save at the bottom of the page. You can also click Cancel to return to your page without applying any changes.

Remove Text

If you want to remove a piece of text, click Edit to the left of the text item. Click the Delete button below the text editor.

Warning: There is no confirmation upon clicking delete and this selection will permanently remove the text item from your Lessons 2.0 (Lesson Builder) page without asking if you are sure. There is no way to retrieve it once it has been deleted.

Adding Resources to the Page

NOTE: resources and multimedia are similar. Both can be either files or URLs. The difference is that resources appear as links in your Lessons 2.0 (Lesson Builder) page, whereas multimedia is displayed in a box on the page, if the student's browser is able to do this.

Click Add Resource at the top of the page.

You can add a file to your page by:

Edit a Resource

Click the Edit button to the left of the resource you would like to modify.

This will open up an Edit Item box on your screen. The options available for modification are as follows:

To save your changes, click Update Item.

Delete a Resource

Click Edit to the left of the resource you would like to remove, then click Delete.

The delete function in Lessons 2.0 (Lesson Builder) only removes the link on the Lessons 2.0 (Lesson Builder) page. If you would like to completely delete an uploaded file from your worksite, the file will also need to be removed from the Resources tool. To do this, click Resources on the left menu and click on the folder that has the same title as the Lessons 2.0 (Lesson Builder) from which the file was removed. Click Actions --> Remove to the right of the file. Click Remove to complete the process.

Access Controls for Resource

When you select Don't Release Item Until All Prerequisites are Completed, Lessons 2.0 (Lesson Builder) will control students' access to the resource. The resource is hidden so that it can only be accessed through Lessons 2.0 (Lesson Builder). If the resource involved is a web document (HTML), there are special considerations. Web documents often include images, and they can refer to other documents. Thus controlling the document itself may not be good enough.

One approach to deal with this is to put the images, etc, somewhere else in the same folder as the main document, and set either the individual files or the folder to hidden, in the Resources tool. When you access a file in Lessons 2.0 (Lesson Builder), if the file is accessible, it will also allow you to access other files in the same folder, even if they are hidden.

Adding Multimedia Content to the Page

NOTE: resources and multimedia are similar. Both can be either files or URLs. The difference is that resources appear as links in your Lessons 2.0 (Lesson Builder) page, whereas multimedia is displayed in a box on the page, if the student's browser is able to do this.

Add Multimedia

The multimedia option allows you to upload media files (such as videos and songs), and present them directly on the page. The Multimedia option can also double as a Web Content tool, allowing you to link to and display websites in your Lessons 2.0 (Lesson Builder) page.

Click the Add Multimedia button at the top of the page.

You can add a multimedia file to your page by:

In many cases, you will need to adjust the size of the box in which the content is shown. Use the Edit button, as explained below.

Edit Multimedia

To edit your multimedia content, first click Edit to the left of the item you would like to modify.

This will open up an Edit Item box on your screen. The options available for modification are as follows:

To save your changes, click Update Item. To remove the multimedia item from your Lessons 2.0 (Lesson Builder) page, click Delete.

Delete a Resource

Click Edit to the left of the resource you would like to remove, then click Delete.

The delete function in Lessons 2.0 (Lesson Builder) only removes the link on the Lessons 2.0 (Lesson Builder) page. If you would like to completely delete an uploaded file from your worksite, the file will also need to be removed from the Resources tool. To do this, click Resources on the left menu and click on the folder that has the same title as the Lessons 2.0 (Lesson Builder) from which the file was removed. Click Actions --> Remove to the right of the file. Click Remove to complete the process.

Sakai Lesson Builder (Lessons 2.0) Training

This video was recently created from Kara Stiles, a Sakai Consultant with Brutus Partners, on putting together a lesson using this tool. Start at around minute 6 for best viewing.

Assessments

Adding an Assignment

Click the Add Assignment button at the top of the page. This will give you a list of all assignments already created in the Assignments tool. Select the one you wish to add and use selected item.

To create a new assignment, use the link Create new assignment using Assignments at the top of the page. This will call the Assignments tool, and allow you to create a new assignment or modify an existing one. When you are ready to add the new assignment, click the Continue with Add Assignment button at the top. That will return you to the list of assignments, where you can choose the assignment you just created.

Edit an Assignment

Click Edit to the left of the assignment you would like to modify.

This will open up an Edit Item box on your screen. The options available for modification are as follows:

To save your changes, click Update Item. To remove the Assignment from your Lessons 2.0 (Lesson Builder) page, click Delete.

Add Quizzes or Tests to a Page

Note: This feature is not available at the University of Windsor currently.

Edit a Quiz

This feature is not available at the University of Windsor currently.

Add Forum Topics to a Page

Click the Add Forum Topic button at the top of the page. This will give you a list of forum topics already created in your forum tool. Click the one you wish to add and then click Use Selected Item.

To create a new topic, use the link Create new topic at the top of the page. If you have more than one forum tool in your site, you may see a separate link for each tool. This will call the forum tool, and allow you to create a new topic or modify an existing one. When you are ready to add the new topic, click the Continue with Add Forum Topic button at the top. That will return you to the list of topics, where you can choose the topic you just created.

Note that only topics may be added. Depending upon the tool, topics are contained within categories or forums. Categories and forums may not be added, just actual topics.

Edit a Forum Topic

Click Edit to the left of the topic you would like to modify.

This will open up an Edit Item box on your screen. The options available for modification are as follows:

To save your changes, click Update Item. To remove the Topic from your Lessons 2.0 (Lesson Builder) page, click Delete.

Using Subpages to Create Separate Lessons

Add Subpages

Each Lessons 2.0 (Lesson Builder) tool that you add to your worksite can have multiple pages associated with it. These pages are referred to as subpages. Some may choose to rename each Lessons 2.0 (Lesson Builder) for it's module title in which case students will see each lesson on the list in the left margin. If you would prefer to have all of your lessons appear on one page under Lessons on the left then click the Add Subpage button at the top of the page. Fill in the text field labeled Page title with the title of your new subpage and click Create. This will take you to a blank Lessons 2.0 (Lesson Builder) page, where you can add new content pieces as you see fit.

Separate lessons organized into the left menu
Separate lessons organized into the left menu
Lessons organized within one Lessons 2.0 (Lesson Builder) as Subpages
Lessons organized within one Lessons 2.0 (Lesson Builder) as Subpages

Normally the page appears "under" the page you started from. That is, when you go to the subpage, you'll see the name of the original page at the top. Normally readers will expect to go back to the original page when they are finished.

However it is possible to string together lists of pages, so that each leads you to the next. In that case, the previous pages do not show at the top, and there's no expectation that readers will return to the original page (although they can do so with "Back"). To string together pages, when you create a subpage, check the "Next Page" checkbox for each new page. You may also prefer to check "Show as button."

Edit a Subpage

To edit information about a subpage, click Edit to the left of the subpage you would like to modify.

The options available for modification are as follows:

To save your changes, click Update Item. To remove the subpage from your page, click Delete.

Reorganize Content

By default, new content items are added to the bottom of aLessons 2.0 (Lesson Builder) page. You can use the Reorder tool to arrange the content in any order.

To start, click the Reorder button at the top of the page. Drag and drop content items into your preferred order. Click Save to complete the process.

Note that it is also possible to use the keyboard to move items. Select the number to the left of the item, and use the control key, plus up-arrow or down-arrow. With certain browsers it may be necessary to key the arrows twice.

You can also use the Reorder tool to copy items from one page to another. Click the link "Add items from another page." After you select a page, all of the items will be copied into the current one, below a marker that indicates the end of the page. Items below the marker won't be on the page, so drag items you want into an appropriate position above the marker.

The tool can also be used to remove items from the page. Simply drag them below the marker.

Student Comments

Add Comments Tool will insert a tool that permits students to make comments. Once a student has added a comment, they may change or delete it for 30 minutes. After that, only an instructor may change or delete it.

Edit

The Edit button will allow you to change certain details about the comment tool. This includes the following:

To save your changes, click Update Item.

The Delete option may be used to delete the comments block from the page. Note that the comments themselves remain in the database, although only an administrator will be able to retrieve them.

Grading

The points you enter apply to all comments by that student in that comment section. Therefore, if they have made multiple comments, any new score you enter will show next to every comment by that student.

In the Grading Pane you will see a button Toggle Comments to the right of each student's name. This will show or hide a listing of all the comments entered by that student. Show Context will show you the whole page, with that student's comments highlighted.

Student Content

"Add Student Content" will insert a tool that permits students to add pages of their own. These pages look much like regular Lessons 2.0 (Lesson Builder) pages, although there are fewer options. This allows students to share material with the rest of the class. Within this tool, there is an option to permit other students to comment on their work.

Small icons appear to the left of the point for each student's page. The icons show which entries are new, and which contain new content or new comments.

Edit

The Edit button will allow you to change certain details about the comment tool. This includes the following:

To save your changes, click Update Item.

The Delete option may be used to delete the student block from the page. Note that the student pages themselves remain in the database, although only an administrator will be able to retrieve them.

Note that when a student uploads a file through a student page, it is normally put into the resources area of their workspace. Lessons 2.0 (Lesson Builder) will give authorized readers of the page access to any file that is listed in the student's page, even if it wouldn't normally be visible to others.

Grading

Note that students may create subpages, so there may be more than one page for a given student. The point score applies to all pages by that student.

To simplify the job of grading all students, you'll find < and > buttons on the left and right sides of the grading section. That lets you move to the previous or next student.

The points you enter apply to all comments by that student in that student content section. So if they have made multiple comments, any new score you enter will show next to every comment by that student.

In the Grading Pane you'll see a button Toggle Comments to the right of each student. That will show or hide a listing of all the comments entered by that student. Show Context will show you the student content page on which that particular comment appeared, with that student's comments highlighted.

External Tool

This function can be used to add external tools that use the IMS Basic Learning Tool Interoperability standard. This standard permits applications to be written that will support any course management system. Typically these are commercial web application run by publishers.

Your campus support staff can help you identify tools that will work with this option.

Settings

The settings dialog allows you to adjust various parameters of the current page:

The following options only appear on top-level pages, i.e. pages that show in the left margin:

More information about style sheets

If you are writing a style sheet, you may find it useful to know some classes that you may use, and the sections of the page that they control:

Remove Page

This function allows you to remove a page. Note that the page is not actually removed from the databsae. It may be attached as a subpage to another page, effectively moving it to a different location.
To attach a removed page to another page, use "Add subpage" with the "Choose Existing Page" option. To add a page to the left margin, use the "Choose Existing Page" option on "Add More Pages."

Add a page

This function appears on top-level pages only (a page in the left margin.) You may add pages to other pages using the "Add Subpage" function.
"Add a Page" allows you to create a new page which will be added to the left margin.
You may create several pages at once, as long as the names follow a numerical pattern. E.g. if you specify a name of "Page 2" and ask for 3 pages, you will get "Page 2," "Page 3," and Page 4.

Import Common Cartridge

This function allows you to read a file in IMS Common Cartridge Format. This format is used by content vendors to supply instructional material, including tests and pages of content. Other course management systems such as Blackboard can also export the contents of a course in Common Cartridge format. So this can be used to move content between course management systems.
Currently Sakai can read Common Cartridge versions 1.0 and 1.1, but it can't write this format. Writing will be available in a future version.
When you import a Common Cartridge, it can (depending upon the cartridge) create new pages with content on them, and add tests and forum topics. It can also create question pools. If it create a question pool, it will only show up if you go into Tests and Quizes and use "Questions Pools."

Roles

Cartridges can specify that certain resources should be available only to instructors, or only instructors and "mentors." Lessons 2.0 (Lesson Builder) does not implement mentors, as there is no natural Sakai equivalent. Instructor-only content is intended for things such as answer sheets.
For the current release of Lessons 2.0 (Lesson Builder), instructor-only content is loaded into the site, but not placed on a page. Where the tool permits it, it is hidden. Currently this is implemented as follows:

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